The 50 Greatest NBA References in Rap

7. Drake, "Thank Me Now"


Year: 2010
Lyric: "And that's around the time that your idols become your rivals/You make friends with Mike, but gotta A.I. him for your survival."

Drake's reference features one of the signature moments of change in the NBA. Things changed when A.I. crossed up Jordan. It was the sign of the times, ushering in a new era that we all grew to love despite its rough edges.

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